Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fishin' & Wishin' Preparing to Head South

Fishen' & Wishin' are still using the nest as home base and will continue to do so until they migrate in September. The female adult usually migrates first, while the male adult remains behind to help the young with meals. The male will migrate about the same time as the young, which is a few weeks after the mother, depending on the chicks' development. All but the southernmost breeding populations in North America are migratory, vacating their breeding grounds in late summer for rain-forest rivers and fish-rich seacoasts and lakes of Central and South America.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Empty Nest - Young are fledging

Fishin' & Wishin' have officially fledged.  They leave the nest then return again.  Yesterday when I looked only one was on the nest.   Today there was an empty nest early in the morning then both were back later on with one of the parents. They will continue hanging around the nest area and learning how to fly and fish for the next month.